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Law enforcement officials use a dog as they patrol outside federal court, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Springfield, Mass. Alexander Ciccolo, who appeared during a hearing in the court Tuesday, has been accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the killings of students live online to show his support for the Islamic State group, authorities said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police officers. The Joint Terrorism Task Force, based out of the FBI’s Springfield office at 1441 Main St., has been working to investigate …

Small black bear struck and killed by northbound vehicle in Interstate 91 in Holyoke

Monday, July 13, 2015

HOLYOKE — A black bear that ventured into a travel lane on Interstate 91 was struck and killed by a passing vehicle Monday afternoon. A 2002 GMC Sonoma traveling northbound and driven by a 55-year-old Turners Falls man, who was not identified, hit the small bear in the right travel lane around 3:55 p.m., according to Trooper Thomas Ryan. “The bear died as …

Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, son of a Boston police captain, accused of plotting terrorist attack at unnamed university on behalf of ISIS

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Berkshire County man who is the son of a Boston police captain allegedly planned to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the Islamic State group, according to an FBI investigation that involved several police departments in the Pioneer Valley. Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali al Amriki, 23, of Adams, was arrested …

Andre Davis of Northampton charged with robbing Holyoke convenience store

Saturday, March 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — A Northampton man was arrested early Thursday after he allegedly robbed a Holyoke convenience store while wearing a mask, according to Holyoke Police Sgt. Kevin Thomas. Andre Davis, 37, of Northampton was arraigned Friday in Holyoke District Court on one count of robbery while masked. Police …

Police urge motorists to reduce speeds as vehicles slide off road during latest storm

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area police reminded motorists to reduce their speeds during slippery conditions as several vehicles were reported off the roads Tuesday night. State Trooper Robert Wyckoff of the Northampton barracks said that since 3 p.m., police had responded to calls of six vehicles that went off Interstate …

Advocates for solar development urge state task force to lift ‘net metering’ limits

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Proposed state laws on solar-electric generation would discourage home, small-scale commercial and community photovoltaic projects, legislators were told Wednesday. Nearly 24 advocates for keeping state policies that encourage as much solar development as possible pressed a legislative task …

Sokah Marrero pleads guilty to lying to grand jury about her boyfriend’s attack on another man at Westhampton party

Monday, February 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke woman admitted in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday that she was lying when she told a grand jury that she did not see Patrick Bousquet, her boyfriend at the time, smash a bottle over the head of another man at a Westhampton party …

Major life events often lead to hiring a financial planner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You don’t have to be a millionaire to seek professional advice in managing your money. In fact, area financial advisers say, it is usually major life events, such as a death resulting in an inheritance, preparation for retirement, …

Area business briefs

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Clarke hires three for development team NORTHAMPTON — Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has hired Arianna Collins as project coordinator, providing support for grants and projects at all Clarke locations; Alyssa Mancinelli as the Northampton-based development associate; …

Holyoke man who hid in snow arrested for alleged theft of car rims from Lia Honda in Northampton

Friday, February 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke man who police say buried himself in snow to elude officers was arrested early Friday in a wooded area near Industrial Drive for allegedly stealing car rims from the nearby Lia Honda dealership. Mark Alan Peltier was charged with larceny over $250 and …

Richard Orozco of Chicopee admits breaking into Easthampton home, crashing car in Northampton

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Chicopee man who admitted that he stole $1,000 worth of quarters from an Easthampton man will likely go to state prison for three to five years, although a judge postponed his sentencing so he can see his terminally ill mother. Richard J. Orozco, 40, of …

UPDATED: National review board declines to ban Randall Smith from coaching swimming; lawyer says ruling “vindicates” Smith

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In a 2-1 vote revealed this week, an independent panel ruled there was not enough evidence to ban Randall Smith, 61, from coaching in the wake of allegations he raped a teenage swimmer on the Greater Holyoke YMCA …